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Israel: Public Broadcaster Blames Hamas for Hack of Eurovision Song Contest Broadcast

1 MIN READMay 15, 2019 | 14:52 GMT

What Happened: An Israeli public broadcaster has blamed Hamas for a hack that interrupted a live broadcast of the Eurovision Song Contest with a fake missile attack warning by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) on May 14, The Times of Israel reported May 15.

Why It Matters: The hack, which reflects ongoing tensions between Hamas and Israel, allowed the militant group to broadcast its threats and intentions without causing physical harm to tourists and spectators attending the show.

Background: A two-day clash between Hamas and Israel in early May threatened to upend the Eurovision Song Contest, although Israel refrained from a large-scale operation so as to prevent the event's cancellation.

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